The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Brei

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gdl203, May 20, 2007.

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  1. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    Then I am wearing now (and most days) an old knit tie watch - A Minerva made for the TZ forum. This is it, though not mine, and I replaced the worn original strap with a shell strap in more or less the same color. [​IMG] Here is the story from where I stole the picture.
    That is a very nice watch. Often, when forums produce something in a limited edition, they do not do a very good job, but this is great.
     
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    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    Often, when forums produce something in a limited edition, they do not do a very good job...
    O RLY?

    The Semenov holder looked pretty nice.
     
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    Then I am wearing now (and most days) an old knit tie watch - A Minerva made for the TZ forum.

    This is it, though not mine, and I replaced the worn original strap with a shell strap in more or less the same color.
    [​IMG]

    Here is the story from where I stole the picture.


    I like. I also like the idea of a shell strap on this one, as long as it doesn't have that big "U" pattern of stitching often seen on older shell straps (which I think belongs on less dressy watches).
     
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    I like. I also like the idea of a shell strap on this one, as long as it doesn't have that big "U" pattern of stitching often seen on older shell straps (which I think belongs on less dressy watches).
    Thanks. I don't know what you mean by "U" pattern of stitching. The stitching on my strap is almost identical to the original Minerva OEM strap, except the stitches on the shell strap are white and there are some minor differences in the way the keepers and buckle-end are stitched. (For completeness, I bought mine at the Alden shop in NY and it is stamped Horween Shell Cordovan (not Alden); I wish it was unlined, since the point of shell was to avoid the rot that afflicts leather straps worn in the summer, but it is not.)
     
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    The simplicity is very appealing.

    I concur!



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    I don't know what you mean by "U" pattern of stitching.

    A lot of older shell straps were unlined, and the pin ends were simply closed by folding over a flap and sewing it there in a U-shaped pattern. It can be seen in this current eBay auction. I like it for some watches, but not for really simple, dressy ones.
     
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    I concur!



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    Ooooh...pretty.
     
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    A lot of older shell straps were unlined, and the pin ends were simply closed by folding over a flap and sewing it there in a U-shaped pattern. It can be seen in this current eBay auction. I like it for some watches, but not for really simple, dressy ones.

    Got it. I agree that it looks pretty unattractive for a non-sport watch. It think it would look pretty good with an aviator dial, though.
     
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    nice watch right there...
     
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    I've never gotten the appeal of the Dufour watches. They are completely hand-made yes, but so were a lot of other watches; or rather, some modern watches are also completely hand-made, say George Daniels.
     
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    I've never gotten the appeal of the Dufour watches. They are completely hand-made yes, but so were a lot of other watches; or rather, some modern watches are also completely hand-made, say George Daniels.
    Aren't Patek, Vacheron and Breguet all completely hand-made?
     
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    Aren't Patek, Vacheron and Breguet all completely hand-made?
    Only a Kiton-fan would believe that. The special part of Dufour is that he makes everything himself, I believe, from the screws to the dial. Very traditional.
     
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    Very few watches are 100% handmade. It's all machined made and the only "handmade" aspects include assembly, finishing, and regulation.

    Aren't Patek, Vacheron and Breguet all completely hand-made?
     
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    Very few watches are 100% handmade. It's all machined made and the only "handmade" aspects include assembly, finishing, and regulation.
    The Swiss and the Americans were the big proponents of what would be considered machine-made. They effectively killed off the British watch industry, who still insisted upon finishing and making movements individually. I think there's still a bit of snobbery regarding that today.
     
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    The Swiss and the Americans were the big proponents of what would be considered machine-made. They effectively killed off the British watch industry, who still insisted upon finishing and making EVERYTHING individually.

    It is the British way!
     
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